Maybe this will sound familiar. A couple wants a spacious family home with an open layout, big kitchen, low maintenance yard, and minimal upkeep all for a bargain price. Currently, I have San Diego home buyers seeking this very property for under $500K. This may seem hard to believe for those in different states, but for us, this is a very modest price range.
One of the things I often have to remind buyers about is that no home comes ready-made, perfect for you, unless you building a custom home – and even then, compromises are usually made. It’s important to distinguish between wants and needs. It’s also critical to determine that which is organic to a home, and those things that can be changed down the road.
Desirable home features such as ‘light, bright, and open’ are must be in a home when purchased, since these are difficult things to change. A low maintenance landscape is a feature that can be changed, as are things like air-conditioning, granite counters, and other decorative touches.
Even when I’ve worked with very wealthy home buyers, no one gets everything they want in a home. Think carefully about what you can customize once you own the home. The more realistic you are with your home needs up front, the better the chance that you will get that great home for your family.
And to quote an inonic song from the Rolling Stones "you can't always get what you want...but sometimes you just might get what you need."